There’s nothing new about juicing. We’ve given it a snappy handle, but Juicing has been around for centuries. Drinking the juices of raw fruits and vegetables as a path to good health was even touted in the early nineteenth century.
While juicing itself isn’t new, what is new is the machine that can render even the hardest beet into a sweet juice to sip in a matter of seconds. This ability is increasingly important as our society quantifies the amounts of these foods we should be eating. Some governmental agencies say five daily servings of vegetables and three of fruit, while other medical groups advocate seven vegetables and two fruits. Regardless of exact number, it’s a lot.
That’s where the benefits of juicing begin. An 8-ounce glass of juice can fulfill a third of your daily needs. It’s like the difference in medicine between injections and pills. The benefits of the injection go directly into your bloodstream, while a pill must dissolve and be absorbed, which increases the time between when you take it and when you begin to feel the results.
The same is true when juicing because it allows the body to quickly absorb high-quality nutrition, which leads to increased energy levels.So drinking fresh juices is an excellent health habit. It’s more than an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, purified water, proteins, carbohydrates and chlorophyll. In liquid form, juices supply nutrition that is not wasted on creating its own digestion, as is the case when eating whole fruits or juices with a large percentage of pulp.
Here are some of the benefits that come from juicing:
Juicing creates fast assimilation of nutrients. Some enzymes, vitamins, and minerals are “trapped” in the indigestible fiber of vegetables and fruits and c an take up to a few hours to be assimilated into the body. When these nutrients are added as a pure juice, the time is reduced to 15 minutes, which allows the body to rest.
Juicing keeps up our water table. Our cells consist mostly of water, which is essential to their proper function. That’s why we should consume at least 8 glasses of water a day. Beverages such as coffee, soft drinks, and alcohol actually draw water from our bodies to metabolize. Raw juices, on the other hand, supply the water we need to replenish lost fluid. And the water is purified better than from any bottle. Juices also promote our bodies’ natural alkalinity, which is important for immune systems and metabolic functions to work properly.
Juices deliver natural sugar. The natural sugars in fruits and vegetables deliver the same energy as from soft drinks but without chemicals or fat. You might be wondering why buy an expensive juicer when you can use your existing blender or buy the juice already blended. There’s an important reason: only fresh juices that haven’t been pasteurized to increase their stability contain necessary enzymes and other “living” ingredients.
Plants are the spark plugs that keep our bodies running. They get their energy from the sun during photosynthesis. These “living” qualities comprise enzymes, vitamins, and minerals. But cooking and processing destroy these nutrients. Enter juicing as a way to get the maximum benefit. Cooking accounts for the loss of almost all the water-soluble vitamins (A, E, D, and K) from food. And even allowing raw vegetables to sit after peeling reduces their level of nutrients. For example, cantaloupes lose 35 percent of their vitamin C if slices sit overnight in the refrigerator.
My favorite ingredients are strawberries, blueberries, spinach and pineapple juice with a tiny bit of peanut butter and, of course, protein powder. The protein powder is absolutely necessary, especially if you weight train or are using this juice as a meal supplement.
So juice up for healthy living! Live your best life!